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History Class in Texas

6/26/2020 ☼ poems

those phony rangers
of the texas textbook
tyranny, with
their cold hard stares
and bitchy remarks
in textbook reviews,
sitting in formation
like a cattle run from
san antonio to abilene
and to amarillo by
morning;
since there’s so many
children cooped
up in the high schools,
they have much power
deciding which version
of history shows
up in the textbooks.
north easterners, i know,
this sounds
concerning but
rest assured:

in all my years
in texas schools
i never once
picked up those shit
textbooks in
the classroom—

thanks,
internet.